From Lagos to London: An African Immigrant’s Guide to PropertyProsperity charts a remarkable journey of resilience and triumph. In this captivating memoir, Funmi Anu Bankole takes us on a rollercoaster ride through her life, from the highs of success in the competitive world of real estate to the devastating lows brought on by the global financial crisis of 2007/2008.
Through personal anecdotes and invaluable insights, Funmi reveals the secrets to her incredible bounce-back story. She reveals how she transformed her three-bedroom house into a thriving residential care home for vulnerable individuals and provides a wealth of resources and advice for anyone looking to follow in her footsteps. Whether you dream of entering the property market with a limited deposit or aspire to start a domiciliary care agency, Funmi’s wisdom and experience will guide you every step of the way. This moving and empowering memoir is a beacon of hope for aspiring entrepreneurs, immigrants, and anyone facing adversity on their path to success. Funmi’s journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and the boundless potential within each and everyone of us. Her story is proof that recovery is not a matter of chance but a result of proven principles that anyone can apply for transformative, demonstrable results. Beyond property and business insights, Funmi delves into the impact of mental health on entrepreneurs, helping readers to discover their trueselves and unlock their full potential. From Lagos to London is more than just a guide to property investing; it’s a compelling narrative of resilience, hope, and the unwavering belief that no setback is insurmountable. Funmi’s journey will leave you inspired and motivated to pursue your own path to prosperity.
A cold case comes back to haunt the small town of Valley-Wood. We follow the life of Brendan Gibbons who returns to reconnect with old friends. The townsfolk live a life of quiet effort until it is upturned by outsiders and innuendo. Secrets are being unveiled and catastrophic events lead to a mysterious death that adds a layer of fear and tension.
At the foot of the town rests The Woodhouse Lodge on the bank of the fast-flowing Nugget River. The Lodge is a magnet with rafters from the city for the thrill of running white-water rapids. Tangled relationships thread their way through the ever-changing realignments of loyalties.
Vivid characters reveal the truth as strange happenings tear the fabric of old friendships. It’s a drifting tale of suspenseful moments with no sure footing, until strength and hope shimmer on the horizon.
Like Paul, try having a heart-to-heart conversation with an appliance and see what happens, but beware: you are entering unchartered territory. Anton, the keen archer keeps seeing blue lights flitting around. Could they be a message from beyond? Learn to what extent a woman goes to make the man, in whose shadow she shelters, happy. What would you choose to do if, like Aella, you came across a set of brightly coloured doors? Or, follow Nikhil the ogre in his travels as he seeks the Kraken. These are just some of the stories you will encounter should you dare lift the cover of this book.
A Brother’s Promise is an emotional adult novel that explores the enduring bonds of brotherhood and loyalty. Despite leading vastly different lives, two brothers make a pledge to always support one another through life’s ups and downs.
When tragedy strikes, successful bachelor Michael is suddenly saddled with this forgotten promise - gaining custody of his brother’s two recently orphaned and deeply mistrustful adopted children. Facing a broken engagement and crumbling dreams of an easy future, Michael must confront his own shortcomings to gain the trust of these hurting kids.
Through perseverance and unconditional love, Michael begins to connect with the children. But just when they start to become a family, Michael suffers another unthinkable loss. Battling loneliness and depression, he makes the life-altering decision to care for baby Ella, who also desperately needs a home.
Though the road to healing is long, Michael discovers that the richest rewards come from keeping promises. A Brother’s Promise is an uplifting tale of personal growth, the power of commitment in tough times, and learning to love without limitations.
This compassionate novel depicts the disrupted lives of Greta and her daughter Lily, forced to abruptly relocate due to the unendurable violent behaviour of Pat, Greta’s volatile, alcoholic husband. Their move lands mother and daughter in the rural Australian town of Woodshine – a new beginning offering hope after trauma’s storm.
Yet forward is the only direction, Lily just five years old. A tranquil childhood shattered, she grapples beyond her years while still cradling stuffed toys at bedtime, seeking security. Greta battles exhaustion from hypervigilance, longing to banish bad dreams. Their refuge in Woodshine brings peace step by step – a gentle landlord, good-hearted townsfolk and possibility breathing optimism into each new day.
As Lily plays in grassy meadows under boundless skies, glimmers emerge that broken spirits can mend. While the indelible scars remain, maybe here they can continue writing their story without fear at the helm. Just maybe this move marks the start of budding happiness taking root for not just survival – but life thriving in the sunshine.
Dive into the heart of late 19th-century England in Margot, the first in a stirring trilogy. Young Margot, forced to relinquish her newborn, finds herself torn between the affections of the wealthy Lord Beaufort and the passionate painter, Matthew.
As Margot navigates love, loyalty, and loss amidst a tumultuous love triangle, the lingering hope of reuniting with her daughter, Mary, casts a long shadow. Every choice she makes draws her closer to heartache or salvation, leading to a journey of self-discovery in a time of societal constraints.
Sam, a young English artist, embarks on a fresh start at her uncle’s art gallery in Naples, only to find herself in the midst of the timeless saying, ‘The course of true love never runs smoothly.’ Her path crosses with Federico, a dedicated doctor and the cousin of her best friend, Giulia. An unexpected meeting in a picturesque Italian hill village near Naples leads Sam to fall in love, but doubts linger about Federico’s feelings. Complicating matters is another woman in his life and his difficult mother, leaving Sam to question whether Federico is sincere or simply leading her on.
As Sam navigates the complexities of her romantic life, her artistic career flourishes with the support of her uncle and his partner. She also finds a sense of belonging and connection with Giulia’s family, embracing the community spirit and traditional values in Giulia’s village. Her involvement with the local school where Giulia teaches further deepens her bond with Italy and its people.
This story captures the essence of a young woman’s journey through love and self-discovery, set against the vibrant backdrop of Italian culture, tradition, and the art world.
Trouble arrives early and often for Jo, the new Hospitality Manager at the Santa Barbara Hotel. Shortly after starting, she faces assault, gets reluctantly deputized by police to bust a money laundering ring, and earns local fame pulling vital documents from a crashed plane.
Jo handles the nonstop chaos with aplomb while navigating a troublesome relationship with the pompous head waiter and kindling a new romance with Bob. But just as things seem to stabilize, Bob drops a bombshell: he’s been temporarily reassigned to manage another hotel in Cape Town.
Everyone suspects longer than a few months, leaving Jo’s professional and personal lives in flux once more. Can she continue excelling through turmoil at the Santa Barbara without her right-hand man? Jo primed herself for anything but this. The trials never cease for the hotel’s beleaguered-yet-brilliant new hospitality manager.
Two millennia ago, a thief named Levi finds himself crucified alongside his companion and a holy man. As he endures the agonizing crucifixion, he resigns himself to the imminent embrace of death. Yet, the unknown realm beyond life remains a mystery he’s unprepared for. Venture into the afterlife with Levi as he embarks on an astonishing odyssey through the fabric of space and time, venturing into dimensions attainable only in a bodiless existence. Unravel the enigmatic journey of Levi in a world where death is just the beginning.
Inspired by actual events, this novel blends fact and fiction while spotlighting the grim fates of hundreds of Northern Irish children forced to migrate. Of several kids singled out from Melton Home, two girls and three boys embark unwillingly for unfamiliar lands. One is four-year-old Amy.
No longer children but unmoored young adults, all wrestle with displaced senses of home and belonging. Amy especially faces uncertainty should she return. Yet why does she? Is she driven by those same feelings of rootlessness? Or has she committed an offense, guilty of… what exactly? If accused unjustly, can anyone prove her innocence and bring the true culprit to justice?
While names and places have been changed to protect identities, this fictionalized account stems from a sadly authentic and appalling real-life story. Rediscover this buried history as revived through the eyes of youths robbed of their formative years, yet still grasping for home.
I began my poetic journey at the tender age of eight. Initially, when I shared my poems with my father, he was sceptical, suspecting plagiarism. However, once he believed in my talent, he became a source of encouragement for me to continue writing. My inspiration often springs from moments that deeply move me or bring laughter; I find myself instinctively crafting poems about these experiences. Poetry has become a therapeutic medium for me, allowing me to articulate my feelings and perceptions.
In this collection, I aim to capture and share the beauty of the world, whether it reflects joy or sorrow. These poems are my way of conveying my perspective on the world’s wonders, and as I navigate my twilight years, this sharing feels increasingly vital.
It is my sincere hope that these poems will spark excitement in you, the reader, compelling you to eagerly turn each page and immerse yourself in the world of my poetry.
Ever met someone you felt compelled to connect with, maybe a colleague? Dive into the story of Werewolf Joe, a seemingly average man with more than one hidden facet. Then there’s Demetria, the epitome of kindness and thoughtfulness, traits that make her unexpectedly perfect for a man of Joe’s… unique nature. Join them on a journey where secrets intertwine and destinies collide.